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Effects of Colour in Dress

Effects of Colour in Dress
Jahanara Akter
Lecturer, Dept. of Fashion Design
KCC Women’s College (Affiliated by Khulna University)
Khulna, Bangladesh
Email: fashionelongation@gmail.com


An impression of fine colour in dress will be gained if the colors are becoming to the person who is to wear them if they are right for the occasion and if they are selected and arranged so as to make a pleasing ansemble. So color combination in cloth is important.

One obtains rhythmic effects of colour in dress in two ways.

  • First ,by the repetition of a colour and
  • The second, by the use of a transitional hue, value or intensity to modify the strong contrast between two different hues, between very light and dark colours or between dull or dark and very bright colors.

The aim in choosing colors for individual types should be to select those which will bring out the persons best point and subdue the less attractive ones. Some of the factors influencing the choice of colors are:

  1. Figure and age
  2. The occasion and season
  3. The texture of fabric
  4. Personality
  5. Hair, eyes and color
  6. Complexion and colour

1. Color on figure and age:
Effects of colour on our figure. A girl with proportionate normal figure can wear almost any color. The stout figure will seen less bulky in dark and dull color. Deep bronze, carnation red, navy blue, forest green shades of their hue and help to minimize the size of color.

Color on figure and age
Color on figure and age

Lion figure will seem less thin in tints or bright hues. For these petal pink, daffodil yellow, pale cornflower blue, moss green are appropriate. Even in strong intensities any of these colors are attractive for the short, thin figure.

2. Color for occasion and season:
The occasion or activity for which a garment is to be worm affects the choice of colour.

Color for occasion and season
Color for occasion and season

Some occasions call for bright, gay colors, others softer color. For college or school wear preppie garments. For sportswear, wear bright and and gay colours for formal social get together use dainty colours and bright colours for evening. One must be appropriately dresses up for every season. Browns and dark colours are pleasing for winter. Spring suggests clear blues,blue-greens,yellows and other bright hues. Many cool colours can be darkenedand made suitable for any season. Similarly, any worm colour can be lightened and used for summer,such as peach (light orange).

3. Colours and fabric texture:
The texture of the fabric upon witch the colour is imposed has much to do with the intensity of the huer and many determine weather. A steer fabric dyed bright red is not as intence as a heavy shiny fabric of the same colour. White in a soft fabric is usually flattering next to the face but a white satin whit reflection of light is less likely to be becoming rough, dull texture soften light, smooth, shying surfaces intensity it.

Colours and fabric texture
Colours and fabric texture

4. Colour and personality:
Personality also influences our selection or choice in colours some people like bright where some likes dull colours. For some people blue is restful. Bright blue and emerald green are hard combination. They work best they combine together in one colour. If our personality is forceful, they can wear bright colours in plenty. A quite person like to wear a interesting colour combination. A shy girl will look more timid that she really is. They should wear bright but not that much which hide their personality .

Colours and fabric texture
Colour and personality

5. Hair, eye and colours:
Skin,hair and eyes help us to chose our colour selection.a girl with bright skin should chose dark colours to wear where a girl with sallow skin should avoid ton,gray-yellow,yellow-green with red outfit it is best to tone down the lip and keeps them natural. If our eyes are our most attractive part of our body part then we should chose our dress according to it.

Color on figure and age
Color on figure and age

6. Complexion  and colour:
The effects of colour in dress,complexion,hair and eyes is of the importance in determining the colours most flattering to our. We should tone and glamorize our skin tone by using appropriate colour.if our skin is light we should use dark colours including black. If our skin is creamy then we shold use yellow.if it is dark then we should use light colours..like ahs,gry….

Complexion  and colour
Complexion and colour

Boys, as well as girls,should determine their skin type and choose basic colours for their suits with reference to it.

After having learnt hoe colour effects each other and change one`s appearance and grooming personality,one will be able to determine the best colour for any person and to suggest changes……….



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